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Folio-Size Sheeting Machines

RQS-V Rotary Sheeter

The RQS-V rotary sheet cutter from BW Papersystems, designed with innovative Questec technology, provides powerful solutions for the most difficult lightweight paper grades or plastic films. It efficiently handles cut-to-register or cut-to-watermark products, small batches, and quick order changes. Products like patient information leaflets, package inserts, wet glue labels, in-mould labels and scratch sensitive plastic films all flow through the machine with ease 

Learn more about our rotary sheeter and its unique sheet transport system below.

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RQSV Sheeter Pharma Insert or In-Mould label printing Printed lightweight paper on stack Film converting - Optional: Corona treatment Stack of film sheets Beer Label Sheeting System Flexible Sheet or Reel production in one line
RQS-85 RQS-135
Max. Web Width 850 mm (33.46”) 1.350 mm (53.14”)
Min. Web Width 400 mm (15.74”) 400 mm (15.74”) 
Sheet Length min. 400 mm / 15.74”
max. 1.050 mm / 41.33”
Paper / Board Grammage min. 30 g/m2
max. 300 g/m2
Film Thickness min. 80 μm
max. 300 μm
Max. Mechanical Speed 500 m/min. / 1,640 ft/min.*
Cut Accuracy + / - 0.15 mm (0.006” )
Pallet Height 1500 mm
Number of Webs 1
Number of Pockets 2
Substrate Paper, Board, Film, Beer Labels, Specialties
Options Available Cut-To-Register, Inline Embossing, Remote Diagnosis, Sample Taking Device, Slitter and Tab Inserter

*dependent upon material characteristics & speed curve
Top Facts:
  • Leading production speed up to 400 m/min (1,300 ft/ min) – and mechanical speed even up to 500 m/min (1,640 ft/min.), dependent upon material characteristics & speed curve
  • Leading technology for cross cutting ultra-thin, single web light papers and delicate films
  • Ideal for integration with an Offset, Gravure, Flexographic or Digital web-fed press or embossing
  • Highly accurate cutting tolerance of ± 0,15 mm


  • Precision sheeting for manufacturers and converters of lightweight paper or plastic film
  • Inline operation with web-fed presses for commercial or specialty printers like product insert printers
  • Converting of materials with sensitive surface characteristics, e.g. cut-to-register, wet glue labels, in-mould labels, or pharmaceutical information leaflets (PIL), cosmetics leaflets 
    • Cut-to-register
    • Inline embossing
    • Remote diagnosis
    • Sample taking device
    • Slitter
    • Tab inserter

A Revolutionary Air Sheet Transport System

The RQS-V machine was developed to meet the requirements of the printing industry. This high-performance sheeter combines a precise cross cutting unit with a revolutionary “Air-Stream” transport system. The unique “Air-Stream” technology safely transports sheets onto the stack. A transport by means of airflow, with no mechanical contact, is ideal for sensitive surfaces.

Features of the RQS-V Variable Rotary Sheeter

With speeds of 400 m/min., the Questec RQS-V is the world’s fastest variable rotary sheeter. It cuts lightweight paper, plastic film, beer labels and more at stepless variable cut-off lengths.

The sheeter can transport and cut single-layer thin printing papers starting from 30 gsm. For statically charged plastic film, transportation can start from 80 µm at a cut-off length of 400 mm - 1.050 mm. This high-performance sheeter offers maximum flexibility, competitive technology, and high speeds.

RQS-V Rotary Sheeter Applications

Questec’s crosscutting and contact-free sheet transport solutions provide versatile production options in our rotary sheeters. It is ideal for small batches and quick order changes and handles various lightweight paper and film grades, at high speeds and accuracy.

The sheeter can standalone or integrate into any offset, gravure, flexographic, or digital web-fed press. As a standalone sheeter, it is ideal for specialty paper mills and converters or as plastic film cutting machine for plastic film converters.

The inline configuration of the sheeter produces printed sheets at full press speed at single pass. This eliminates speed reductions, intermediate handling, and waste. It combines the full speed advantage of a variable repeat web-fed press with size flexibility.

Our RQS-V variable rotary sheeter from Questec efficiently and flexibly converts various substrates for growing markets.

Customer Use Cases of the RQS-V Rotary Sheeting Machine

Learn how a Questec RQS-V sheeter can improve converting of lightweight paper for pharmaceutical package inserts or cutting of highly sensitive polycarbonate films.

Partner with BW Papersystems for the RQS-V Variable Rotary Sheet Cutter

BW Papersystems' rotary sheet cutters, powered with Questec technology, create an innovative sheet air transport system. The RQS-V folio sheeter is suitable for a variety of material and industries, adding efficiency to your equipment line.

Contact BW Papersystems today to request a quote and discuss our machine and your application in detail. 

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RQS-V Rotary Sheeter
The Questec RQS-V is a variable rotary sheeter with a unique air transportation system for lightweight paper, plastic film, beer label and more. At a speed of up to 400 m/min., the folio sheeter cuts and transports single-layer lightweight paper starting from 30 gsm, with stepless variable cut-off lengths of 400 mm - 1.050 mm. The RQS-V can be integrated into any web-fed press - offset, gravure, flexographic or digital, as it allows for the full speed advantage of a variable repeat web-fed press while providing size flexibility, too. The inline configuration produces printed sheets at press speed at single pass. This eliminates speed reductions, intermediate handling and waste. Further finishing steps, like embossing or perforating, can be integrated with the sheeter.

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